Your responsibilities as a business
If you bought the equipment before 13 August 2005 and are replacing it with new equipment which fulfills the same function then the producer of the new equipment will be responsible for the collection, treatment and recycling of the old equipment regardless of whether or not they were the original manufacturer of the old equipment.
If you bought the equipment before 13 August 2005 and do not replace it then you are responsible for financing and arranging treatment in accordance with the WEEE directive regulations.
If you bought electrical equipment after 13 August 2005 the producer of that equipment is responsible for its collection, recycling and disposal when you decide to dispose of it.
If you lease or rent equipment then the producer is responsible for its disposal.
The WEEE regulations permit businesses and end users to agree “alternative arrangements” where the business user agrees to take on some or all of the future costs when the equipment reaches end of life. This is a commercial buying decision that you may need to make and is likely to form part of the normal negotiating processes for future supply contracts.